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  • Retrevo Finds 34% of iPhone Owners Mistakenly Believe Their Device is 4G


    Yes, you read the headline correctly. A new - but really difficult to believe - survey from Retrevo shows that more than one-third of iPhone owners are clueless. At least that's how some are interpreting the findings of the survey. Based on the startling results, 34% of iPhone users incorrectly believe they currently have "4G" cellular technology.

    If that percentage appears a bit hefty to you, you're not alone. But assuming the numbers are correct and reveal a reality few of us know about, there are many reasons why such confusion may persist in the mobile phone world. Of course, we all know at least one person who had to be corrected about the iPhone 4 - which, despite its title, is not really a "4G" device.

    For the casual iPhone user who regularly encounters mobile terminology but never looks into the fancy words floating around, it's easy to see where 4G, 4th generation, 4G LTE networks, etc. could prove substantially mind-boggling. And the Retrevo survey seems to confirm it to a breathtaking degree.

    As Verizon continues to roll out their 4G LTE network across the country at an accelerated rate and AT&T also picking up speed in their 4G deployment it would seem that widespread 4G adoption is a foregone conclusion. Unfortunately, it looks like consumers may be so confused over 4G that they become hesitant to move to 4G, at least in the near term.
    To be sure, we're not just poking fun at a lack of knowledge on the part of some iPhone users. This persistent confusion is penetrating the vast smartphone universe. "BlackBerry owners (24%) are almost as confused as iPhone owners since RIM doesn’t currently offer a 4G phone," Retrevo says. "At least some Android owners could be answering correctly as Android 4G phones like the HTC Evo 4G or Samsung Infuse 4G have been available for some time. If nothing else this large number of 'misinformed' phone owners serves to emphasize the fact that consumers are quite confused about 4G."

    To read the full report and its findings, check out the Retrevo Blog.

    Source: Retrevo
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Retrevo Finds 34% of iPhone Owners Mistakenly Believe Their Device is 4G started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 36 Comments
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      Did they also figure out that the rest of the world is under the delusion that LTE, HSPA+, and WIMAX are actually 4G?
    1. rolandgabor's Avatar
      rolandgabor -
      "The only constant in the universe is human stupidity"
      -Albert Einstein-
    1. AKCHRIS's Avatar
      AKCHRIS -
      LMAO @ Those 34%. It's called the iphone4G as in FOURTH Generation; LOL @ how people mistakenly think that. So I GUESS when the iphone 5 comes out it's gonna be 5G uh?..lol
    1. Xenthis's Avatar
      Xenthis -
      Quote Originally Posted by juggz143 View Post
      Aww man I wish I could like or +1 you for this
      It's called disqus- they need to use it - everyone is switching...
    1. iN2K's Avatar
      iN2K -
      I wonder how many people think their iPad 2 has a retina?

      1 one so far flaming on a review on some screen protector lol.
    1. eightyk88's Avatar
      eightyk88 -
      No where in the name is the iPhone 4 called the iPhone 4G, it's just iPhone 4. Apple has never referred to the iPhone 4 as the iPhone 4G.
    1. kirkie1's Avatar
      kirkie1 -
      Most people here in the UK dont care what name the networks use,they just want to know how fast it will download.To be fair to the networks here,they are quite transparant in their packaging and always state the max speed over their network (HSDPA is very very fast),as a side note,we are very lucky here in the UK as most of our networks use towers on a shared basis (data roaming) and we get good constant conections over most of the country.
    1. Donnutt's Avatar
      Donnutt -
      Quote Originally Posted by AKCHRIS View Post
      LMAO @ Those 34%. It's called the iphone4G as in FOURTH Generation; LOL @ how people mistakenly think that. So I GUESS when the iphone 5 comes out it's gonna be 5G uh?..lol
      It's called iPhone 4 not 4G. And is @ that much easier than "at"? English grammar is dead in America...
      I wonder how many people here were in the 34% margin until they read this post and now are laughing to make themselves feel better about being "less informed"? I don't call them dumb, the average iPhone user doesn't care about how their phone works, just that it does.
    1. royalnewjersey's Avatar
      royalnewjersey -
      Quote Originally Posted by raduga View Post
      Keep in mind these salient facts:
      • first generation iPhone = "iPhone" or "iPhone 2G" - had 2G network capability
      • second generation iPhone = "iPhone 3G" - had 3G network capability
      • third generation iPhone = "iPhone 3GS" - had 3G network capability
      • fourth generation iPhone = "iPhone 4G" - had 3G network capability

      You're wrong. Show me Apple documentation that says iPhone 4G. You won't find it. It's called the iPhone 4 because it's the 4th version of the iPhone. No G anywhere in sight.

      Admittedly, this breaks the 3G trend that the iPhone had been on, which is confusing in it's own right. But people need to be more aware of what they read. How hard is it to understand it's not a freaking iPhone 4G?!
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      It has more geebees and the WiFi's
    1. bignighttrain's Avatar
      bignighttrain -
      No apple iPhone users just want to be in the front of the pack I know my iPhone 4 isn't on a 4g network nor can the phone be a 4g phone. But it is an iPhone 4 so until 4g is the official 3G and 3G is the official edge know one really has 4g. My buddy has an HTC 4g phone my iPad still blows his 4g out the water iPad 2 on AT&T then he shut up about smartphones and tablets he still has is HTC but now owns an iPad 2 and was asking me if I could put him on my AT&T family plan so he could get an iphone4 32gb for $300 like I did.
    1. Rokesomesmeefer's Avatar
      Rokesomesmeefer -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      If your going to be technical, no network has 4G, HSDPA+ is 3.5G. Only in America do carriers lie about this, in other countries no one lies and calls it 4G, because it's not
      Or, in a more creative manner...

      In other news, 100% of '4G' device owners in the U.S. mistakenly believe their device is 4G...
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rokesomesmeefer View Post
      Or, in a more creative manner...

      In other news, 100% of '4G' device owners in the U.S. mistakenly believe their device is 4G...
      Props! That's awesome lol.
    1. epignosis567's Avatar
      epignosis567 -
      This study supports my belief that apple customers are the absolute dumbest of all tech customers.
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      ^i disagree entirely.
    1. raduga's Avatar
      raduga -
      Quote Originally Posted by epignosis567 View Post
      This study supports my belief that apple customers are the absolute dumbest of all tech customers.
      not sure where they rank in relation to the absolute dumbest users of all,
      but the people arguing and debating in this thread are among the dum
      [oops. I don't wanna get infracted again ]
      most intelligent, perceptive, and insightful technorati on the planet!